A federal judge on Wednesday set a June trial date for three friends of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, paving the way for the trio to answer charges next summer of obstructing justice and lying to the FBI in the aftermath of the devastating blasts.
US District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock set a June 23 trial date during a session in federal court in Boston to review the status of the case against Dias Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov, and Robel Phillipos.
Tazhayakov had requested a July 14 start date under his right to a speedy trial, even though lawyers for the other men and prosecutors agreed on a proposal to begin in January 2015.
se attorney Arkady Bukh welcomed the faster schedule in remarks outside court. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Maria Sacchetti of the Globe Staff contributed to this report.